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  • Texas QB Ash to end career after tough year

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash has elected to end his football career after struggling with concussion symptoms for the past year, ESPN.com reports. Coach Charlie Strong announced the junior quarterback's decision after practice Wednesday. Ash had started 22 games in his career with the Longhorns but was shut down on Sept. 1 after experiencing more symptoms, according to ESPN.

  • Where has former OU golfer Anthony Kim gone?

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Six years after his star-making turn at the 2008 Ryder Cup and 28 months since his last PGA Tour event, Anthony Kim has gone into hiding, wrestling with whether to tee it up again or reap an eight-figure disability settlement, according to Sports Illustrated.  What we know for sure is that Kim, 29, has not teed it up at a PGA Tour event in more than 28 months. Once considered the future of U.S. golf, he is now estranged from the game that brought him fame and fortune. His handlers at IMG rarely speak to him. In April, golfchannel.com asked Kim's agent, Clarke Jones, about his client's whereabouts. The best Jones could come up with? "He's not living under a bridge, he's not living in a box."

  • Kevin Durant opens up to Esquire about his friendship with Karl Malone and more

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Esquire Magazine recently interviewed Kevin Durant on various topics including his influences growing up, his career and talking to the younger players. Turns out, Durant doesn't only look to his mother in tough times ("She's always on my side being positive and letting me know that it's going to be alright.") He also has a friend in The Mailman - Karl Malone. "I've gotten close with Karl Malone, who's called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I'm struggling, feeling bad after a loss," Durant said. "He can tell." Some other highlights from the interview: There were plenty of times when I wanted to quit because I was working too hard, but he knew I could handle it, and he was confident for me when I couldn't be confident for myself. We tend to take our careers too seriously and let it take over us. But great teachers have a great balance of working extremely hard to be the best, but also realizing what's the most important thing in life.

  • Vikings owner: 'We made a mistake' on Adrian Peterson

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Minnesota Vikings say there was no pressure from the NFL to bench Adrian Peterson before they banished him to the exempt list early Wednesday, just two days after announcing their embattled star running back would return to the field this week, according to USA TODAY. "We made a mistake, and we needed to get this right," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a prepared statement to open a media conference that yielded no answers about how the team got it wrong in the first place. Peterson, 29, was indicted last Thursday in Montgomery County, Texas, on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch. He has an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 8 and faces up two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

  • Nike suspends Adrian Peterson contract

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Nike has suspended its contract with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, announcing the decision Wednesday as part of a statement which also addressed the company's role as a partner with the NFL. "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL," company spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement. "We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson." The Vikings announced Wednesday that Peterson was placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission list , meaning he will have to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

  • Why Dez Bryant throws up the 'X' after touchdowns

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Dez Bryant has found himself in the end zone a lot in recent seasons. The former Oklahoma State receiver entered this season tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns since 2012. And when he scores, you'll see him throw up the "X" symbol with his arms. What does it mean? "The X is for all the defenses," Bryant said recently in an interview with the NFL Network's Michael Silver. "I'm the guy to watch." Bryant went on to say he's X-ing out "All of the bad, all of the negativity that ever approached me." "People don't understand me; they paint their own pictures of me. I look at them as they're just negative, they want to bring me down - I'll show them. The biggest joy I can ever get is me proving a doubter wrong. I love it. I love it." The "X" has become so synonymous with Bryant that he's modeled his apparel business after his touchdown celebration.

  • VIDEO: OSU football takes you inside the Sherman Smith Training Center

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma State Athletics takes you through the history and development of the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, a state-of-the-art addition to the athletic program. The video runs through the pros of having the extended space to practice in. The Smith Training Center actually provides more practice space than the inside of Boone Pickens Stadium. "I think we've probably got one of the best indoor practice facilties in the country," running backs coach Jemal Singleton said. "The fluidity of being able to go from outdoors to indoors at a moment's notice is pretty good."

  • Retouched CoverGirl Ad Calls Out Domestic Violence in NFL

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    As one of the official sponsors of the NFL, CoverGirl created football-inspired makeup looks for every team, advertised with the slogan “Get Your Game Face On.” This weekend, the purple smoky eye inspired by the Baltimore Ravens got an unfortunate makeover, according to Yahoo Beauty. In the wake of the video revealing the team’s running back Ray Rice violently abusing his then-fiance, an airbrushed version showing the CoverGirl model with a now black and blue eye has gone viral. On top of its visual impact, it takes to task the poor way in which the NFL, and more specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, has addressed the issue of domestic violence.

  • FSU suspends Jameis Winston for first half against Clemson

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of the Seminoles' game against No. 22 Clemson Saturday following obscene comments the Heisman Trophy winner made in public on FSU's campus Tuesday. "As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," interim president Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others. "As a result of his comments yesterday, which were offensive and vulgar, Jameis Winston will undergo internal discipline and will be withheld from competition for the first half of the Clemson game." Winston reportedly jumped on a table in the student union and shouted a vulgar statement. Winston and the Seminoles are currently the No. 1 ranked team in collegr football. FSU (2-0) defeated Oklahoma State 37-31 in their season opener, with Winston accounting for 370 yards passing and two touchdowns.

  • Wes Welker, two others have suspensions lifted following revised PED policy

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker will be back on the field sooner than expected. Along with Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, Welker had his suspension lifted Wednesday morning as the NFL and NFL Players Association announced an agreement on a revised performance enhancing drug policy. Welker, a Heritage Hall alumnus, and the other players were each serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamine.

  • Mother of boy in Adrian Peterson case outraged over 'invasion of privacy'

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A statement was released Tuesday afternoon of from the law firm representing the mother of the boy who is the subject of the Adrian Peterson allegations of child abuse. Peterson was charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, a charge Peterson replied to in a statement Monday. The statement from the firm is as follows: We represent the mother of the minor child of Adrian Peterson, the NFL player that is the subject of an indictment in Montgomery County, Texas. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file. My client asks the press and the public to respect the privacy rights of herself and their son by immediately removing any and all pictures and statements that are part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file and that should not be in the possession of the press and the public. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, asks the press to immediately cease and desist from further publicizing private and confidential information about herself or their son gathered in connection with the indictment of Mr. Peterson. In making this statement, it is the mother’s intent to not comment at this time with respect to any matters involving this case. Kelly C. Dohm, Esq. Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, P.L.L.P.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson merchandise pulled from Nike stores in Minnesota

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Nike has made a bold statement against the recent charges against Adrian Peterson. Nike stores in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) have reportedly pulled all Peterson merchandise from their shelves. Peterson is facing charges of child abuse after using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • Gerald McCoy, Bucs unsure if he should play with broken hand

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had no wrap or cast on his broken left hand, but he and the Bucs still are weighing whether he should play Thursday at Atlanta and risk further injury. The short turnaround makes the decision more difficult for McCoy and the Bucs, coming off a game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. McCoy was injured trying to beat a double team on the Bucs' eighth defensive play. "It can always get worse," McCoy said Tuesday. "That's the risk of going out there Thursday...time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I'm a fighter."

  • OU football: Trevor Knight a 12-to-1 Heisman Trophy favorite in latest odds

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Trevor Knight is gaining steam in the Heisman Trophy race. On and off the field. In the latest Heisman Trophy odds update from @BovadaLV, the OU quarterback is getting 12/1 odds -- up from 20/1 last week. Knight is the highest-ranked Big 12 player on the list, with Baylor QB Bryce Petty close behind at 14/1. The top 10: Marcus Mariota, Oregon -- 11/2 Todd Gurley, Georgia -- 7/1 Kenny Hill, Texas A&M -- 15/2 Everett Golson, Notre Dame -- 10/1 Jameis Winston, Florida State -- 10/1 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma -- 12/1 Bryce Petty, Baylor -- 14/1 Nick Marshall, Auburn -- 16/1 Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska -- 20/1 Taysom Hill, BYU -- 20/1

  • 'Suspend Adrian Peterson' Minnesota governor says to Vikings

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The governor of Minnesota is calling on the Vikings to change course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Peterson — who admits that he whipped his son and caused cuts and bruises — should not be playing until he has gone through the legal process. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. "Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.” Peterson  released a statement Monday in response to the charges of child abuse brought against him, saying "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." Peterson was ruled inactive for the Vikings' 30-7 Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, but has been reinstated by the team for Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

  • OU football: Sterling Shepard added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    OU receiver Sterling Shepard was one of 12 players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Through three games, Shepard has been one of the top receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ranking 14th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards (335). Shepard is coming off of back-to-back games of 100 or more receiving yards against Tulsa and Tennessee. Other receivers added to the Watch List: KD Cannon of Baylor and Kevin White of West Virginia, who are atop the Big 12 in receiving yards with 471 and 460 yards, respectively; Keevan Lucas of Tulsa (sixth nationally with 372 yards receiving).

  • Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    At the time of our story Monday, less than 4,000 people had signed the Change.org petition. 24 hours later, the count is above 29,000, giving the petition over 1,000 signatures per hour. Various local Denver media outlets (except CBS, of course) as well as SportsIllustrated.com have stories on the petition.

  • Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble. VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation .

  • Whippings a part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. USA Today's Josh Peter writes about Peterson's upbringing and how he was disciplined in Palestine, Texas, a school district in which corporal punishment is still an option today. Cummings, a childhood friend of Peterson, says the discipline he and Peterson received as children was "normal."